Sabres' Kane very casual about his summer legal trouble
Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- The Sabres reported to training camp on Thursday including winger Evander Kane.
Thursday is the first time Kane has spoken since being charged in a June harassment incident. Kane was very casual and matter of fact when talking about his legal issues. He said, “I’m not going to say too much. I’m here, I’m ready for camp and I’m looking forward to that process starting.” He added, “These situations are what they are, they happen to athletes or people in a position such as myself and those are things that you deal with and kind of come with territory, but it saying that, you have to be a little bit more aware and put yourself on a higher pedestal than maybe you think you are.”
Kane’s on ice work ethic can never be challenged. Even his teammates talk about what he gives on the ice. Kane said, “I give everything I have on the ice and off the ice I think these things happen more often than not and they’re only becoming more and more relevant each and every day if you look around at other sports. For me it’s just trying to stay out of that kind of stuff and picking my spots better.”
When Kane arrived from Winnipeg he talked about getting a fresh start in Buffalo. Since then he’s been involved in three incidents, two of which involved police. Kane doesn’t think he’s ruined his fresh start, “No, for me I’m just focused on this season and having the best season of my career.”
“I’ve been focused on hockey the whole summer. I haven’t put too much emphasis on the other stuff and I’m feeling pretty good about that.”
Kane said he hasn’t talked to ownership and has not heard from the NHL.
Brian Gionta is the captain and you can tell he's quite tired about having to comment on Kane and all his incidents. Gionta said, “I would hope that he wants to stay a little more low profile.”
“Whenever you represent a team you want to represent it to the best character and you’re representing the logo and that’s what everybody has to have in mind no matter what you’re doing.”
In other news from the podium, Robin Lehner said he was cleared to play by doctors.
The team takes the ice tomorrow at HarborCenter. A scrimmage that will be open to the public starts at 9:50.